Fungi Special Report

The details are to be found underneath each image. 

12 November 2004
The leaf litter under Lancing Clump made a sodden carpet through which scores of large Agaricus mushrooms were scattered.
Report with Images.

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This mushroom came so easily out of the ground that at first I thought it had a volva, but there was earth on the base of the stipe. This is probably an Agaricus with a cap diameter of at least 12 cm.  The Agaric mushrooms (left) in situ. 

The base of the stipe could be described as turni-shaped. 

The Parasol mushroom in the leaf litter showing the gills This is the small meadow mushroom with a concave cap that was about 35 mm in diameter. Its identity has not been researched yet.

On possibility is the Cuphophyllus  pratensis (=Hygrocybe).

This is the a very common small bracket fungi that covers rotten logs in shaded dark places.
Trametes versicolor.

This are the first photographs (with corrected colours).

4 November 2004
This small (25 mm cap diameter) mushroom in the following images was seen in the meadows.

It looks past its best and it has not been identified.

Report and Photographs by Brenda Collins

20 October 2004
After the recent rain, the western slopes of Lancing Ring were so slippery that walking was much slower than usual with ordinary flat soled shoes and not proper walking boots.
Small (up to 20 mm cap diameter) white mushrooms Fungus on the stump propping up a style

There were handful small (up to 20 mm cap diameter) white mushrooms (note that the gills are not decurrent which have been noticed on some Shoreham specimens) and one smaller brown mushroom amongst the grasses as the first spots of rain began to fall. At first sight, both these mushrooms seem to be the same as the ones previously found on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. However, on a closer a look the white mushroom lacks a ring around the stem which is present on the previous Mill Hill mushrooms. However, the white species from lower slopes of Mill Hill later today also lacked the white ring. There is no picture of the brown specimen from the western slopes.
The photograph on the right was a fungus noticed on the stump propping up a stile.

There are two species in the photographs immediately above, the first two have been photographed before and they could be Mycena growing on the logs in the wooded area at the top of McIntyre's Field.
The image on the right was of a different species on a different rotten log. They look like the Glistening Ink Cap, Coprinus micaceus (These might be Common Ink Caps?)

18 October 2004
A visit in the late afternoon produced a few additional fungi and some better photographs than the visit two days earlier:

Shaggy Pholiota, Pholiota squarrosa, occurred in a handful of clumps at the base of large trees in the Clump itself. It was plentiful two days earlier.

Pholiota aurivella
This orangey-yellow sticky mushroom was also spotted two days earlier. It was found around the base and up the trunk of a few of the large trees. The identification is NOT confirmed.

This larger of these two mushrooms found at the base of a tree in the north-west of Lancing Clump was about 60 mm across.

These flat capped mushrooms appeared to be parallel with the grass, their short stems buried in the soil. Very late in the afternoon, the autumn light was very low in the sky and this created peculiar lighting conditions casting long shadows. The gills looked lighter than the photograph shows. They were comparable in size to the larger flat commercial mushrooms.

These mushrooms shared the same log as the fungi in the photograph directly underneath this one. Some were brittle and collapsed at the slightest touch, whereas one specimen was sturdy and this one may have been fresher. It was dark and dank on the sodden rotten log. Some of the same species had a much darker cap, brown in colour.

On an adjacent log to the mushrooms in the photograph immediately underneath, these ones were slightly larger estimated up to 25 mm across the cap.

The gloom (and the absence of flash) resulted in a poor photograph of these small mushrooms growing on a rotten log in the darkness from the canopy of leaves still on the trees just north of the seat at the top of McIntyres Field (north-west).

16 October 2004
On a mild October day under an overcast sky, there was a typical and wide selection of the usual fungi from large to small mushroom and toadstools in the Beech wood at Lancing Clump and amongst the meadows.

This is the first time I have seen this small species in the chalk pit area of Lancing Ring.  Notice the radial lines. Galerina ???

Another one from the Chalk Pit and not positively identified.

Could this be the same one as the previous species, from the Chalk Pit as well?


Shaggy Pholiota, Pholiota squarrosa, from the beechwood of Lancing Clump.

Puff Balls from Lancing Clump wood

This is a largish specimen, about 9 cm in diameter. Could this be a Coprinus, an Ink Cap?

This is from the meadow near the scrub, south-east of Lancing Clump. It is small, about 35 mm in diameter and the cap was flat.
This species has been identified as a species of Clitocybe possibly dealbata from specimens discovered near Mill Hill.

Mycena ?

Very wet and sticky.

Is this the Golden Pholiota?

Amongst the leaf litter neat the trees on the Lancing Clump wood.

These fungus growths of two different species were common on rotting logs

Lancing Fungi Gallery (by Ray Hamblett)
Lancing Ring Fungi in October (by Ray Hamblett)
Lancing Fungi (by Andy Horton with guest photographs)
Fungi of Lancing
Fungi of Shoreham
Adur Fruiting Bodies Database
Lancing Fungi Gallery (by Ray Hamblett)
Fungi of the British Isles (Yahoo Group)
Lancing Clump Supplementary